I am glad to see from this story that some dangerous chemicals are being eliminated from the British country side. It is a step in the right direction but honey bees (and birds) may be better protected by a ban on cell phone and broadcasting antennas. There is very strong research which links microwave radiation to harm being caused to honey bees.
I hope that the Co-Op will soon realize this great danger from EMR and will take steps to protect the British environment including honey bees and other forms of life. I have attached (above) a very interesting document - 'Honey Bee CCD Timeline' that was put together by Colin Buchanan of Glasgow
Co-op bans eight pesticides after worldwide beehive collapse
First UK supermarket chain – and Britain's biggest farmer – to prohibit chemicals implicated in the death of over one-third of British bees
a.. Alison Benjamin
b.. guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 28 January 2009 11.40 GMT
A bee collects nectar from a flower in a garden in Pontevedra. Photograph: Miguel Vidal/Reuters
The Co-op today became the first UK supermarket to ban the use of a group of pesticides implicated in billions of honeybee deaths worldwide.
It is prohibiting suppliers of its own-brand fresh produce from using eight pesticides that have been connected to honeybee colony collapse disorder and are already restricted in some parts of Europe.
The Co-op said it will eliminate the usage of the neonicotinoid family of chemicals where possible and until they are shown to be safe. The Co-op has over 70,000 acres of land under cultivation in England and Scotland, making it the largest farmer in the UK. Since 2001, it has already prohibited the use of 98 pesticides under its pesticide policy.
Simon Press, senior technical manager at the Co-op group said: "We believe that the recent losses in bee populations need definitive action, and as a result are temporarily prohibiting the eight neonicotinoid pesticides until we have evidence that refutes their involvement in the decline."
Laboratory tests suggest that one of the banned chemicals, imidacloprid, can impede honeybees' sophisticated communication and navigation systems. It has been banned in France for a decade as a seed dressing on sunflowers. Italy, Slovenia and Germany banned neonicotinoids last year after the loss of millions of honeybees. And the European Parliament voted earlier this month for tougher controls on bee-toxic chemicals.
Paul Monaghan, the Co-op's head of social goals accused the UK government of failing to recognise that "pesticides could be a contributing factor" in the breakdown of nature's number one pollinating machine.
Elliott Carnell, coordinator of Pesticide Action Network (Pan) Europe, said he hoped the Co-op's pioneering stance would persuade the UK government to back the proposed European legislation. "The government has fought against any attempts to protect bees, which pollinate a third of the average diet. It argues that banning pesticides jeopardises crop yields, but if that was the case why would a leading food retailer be introducing this measure?"
The pesticide ban is part of the Co-op's 10-point Plan Bee launched today, which includes £150,000 for research into the impact of pesticides on the decline of honeybees in England, where more than a third of hives were wiped out last year. It will also give away bee-friendly wildflower seeds to Co-op members and customers.
Pelham residents oppose Rogers Wireless tower
Posted By WAYNE CAMPBELL, TRIBUNE STAFF
Three years ago Rob Kaman moved home to Pelham to get out of the industrial atmosphere of Hamilton.
He brought his wife Cynthia and their four-year-old son to a rural setting at Canboro Road and Regional Road 24.
They opened up Kaman's Auto Service and moved into the house next door.
"I didn't want to bring my son up in Hamilton," said the E. L. Crossley graduate. "After 20 years, I felt it was no place to raise a family."
In particular, he wanted to get away from hydro and transmission towers that were around his Hamilton apartment building.
Much to his surprise, he learned three weeks ago Rogers Wireless Inc. had leased a site at United Floral Distributors across the street to erect a 65-metre-tall Wi-Fi microwave tower.
The proposal is for one of two towers -the other is at Redtrac International Ltd. on Regional Road 24 near Sawmill Road -to improve cellphone service and
provide Wi-Fi service in the area.
In particular, Kaman is concerned about the effects radiation could have on his family and on his neighbours.
On Monday, he will present a 27- name petition to Pelham town council asking it to oppose the erection of the tower.
He will be part of a delegation commenting on Rogers Wireless towers.
Jerry Lemick, who grows grapes beside Redtac in northwest Pelham, is part of the delegation and has similar concerns about possible health effects of
radiation from the tower that could go up beside him.
He has similarly spent weeks researching on the Internet for studies about the effects of radiation.
He questions the purpose of the towers.
"Just because someone loses a cellphone call for a minute or so, I'm supposed to put up with a possible risk 24 hours a day seven days a week?"
It hasn't been made clear to him whether Rogers has an insurance policy to cover liability if people do become ill because of a tower.
At one time health officials had few concerns about smoking or asbestos, then they found out more about the hazardous natures of those matters, he said.
Communication towers fall under the federal government's jurisdiction. A company doesn't require a municipal building permit once it finds a location
Rogers held two January public hearings, one for each tower, at Pelham town hall. The company will prepare a report before it moves on to the next stage in the federal approval process. The public meetings are a new federal requirement for the construction of towers.
Although the town has limited authority over the towers, Kaman hopes local pressure may prevent their erection.
"I have searched the Internet for something positive about Wi-Fi but I've yet to find it. This is new technology. I think it needs more study."
It could take 10 years for brain cancer, leukemia or other illnesses to show up, he said.
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